I didn't know what it meant when I first heard it either so I looked it up.
Zentangle is essentially doodling with intent. Who doesn't love to doodle? I thought it might be fun to try doodling with glass. I grabbed myself some fine stringer, some scraps, some dots and some liquid stringer and just started having fun.
The results were pretty cool and most definitely unique.
Now they may not be considered a true Zentangle in it's pure form, but I figure it fit the definition close enough. Glass doodles. I most certainly had fun with this new series and I hope you enjoy them.
Pieces will be going up for sale in my Etsy shop throughout the week. Let me know what you think!
I have long been a fan of crisp, clean design. I love modern, geometric, squared off things - from the shaker cabinets in my kitchen to the boxy modern sofa in the family room. One feature of fused glass that has always bothered me is the natural tendency of the glass to 'round off' on the edges after a firing. Quite honestly most people don't notice the difference and I am just ridiculously over analytical of it. Nevertheless, I set out on a quest to create a crisp, straight-edged design in my glass. Cue the cold-working. The only way to achieve such a look is through extensive cold-working - which is to manipulate the glass after it has been fired with equipment and hand tools and patience . Coldworking is not for the fair-weather glass artist or faint of heart. It takes a lot of nit picky futzing around. And muscle. My hands and arms are tired from all that buffing. These pieces all went through the saw blade, then the grinder disk, then the bevel disk, then th
#0177 Rose Pink Personally, I would rename this color to bubblegum or cotton candy because it is YUMMY! I'll be honest, I started with this glass because it seemed the most unassuming of the sample packets I received. Boy was I surprised when it came out the most scrumptious bubblegum pink after being worked in the flame. Working Notes Opacity : This is an opaque glass. When applied heavily over clear, it does not allow too much light to pass through. However, when applied thin - especially over a dark base color, it is semi-translucent and shows the base color. This could also be attributed to the spreading nature. Spread : As with most pink glass I've worked, I would classify this as a spreader. When heated it spread out over the base color. It also attempted to seep out of the encasement layer if I gave it even the slightest opening. Futz Factor : Opaque pink glass will often devitrify if exposed to repeated heating and cooling. This is handled easily by e
#0877 Orchid A gold ruby where less is definitely more. This is a rich, dense ruby pink with warm undertones that looks its best when applied thin and not overworked. My favorite beads were those that used the least amount of frit. When piled densely on top of itself an almost brownish color resulted. The thinner areas gave way to a bright ruby pink, where the darker areas turned more burgundy. Working Notes Opacity : This is an opaque glass. A thick application over clear transmits very little light. A thin application over a darker base color stays solid and does not show the base color through. Spread : This glass behaved itself and stayed put. It didn't really spread or sink and held its shape. If you squint your eyes and look for it, you can see a tiny bit of color pooling on the coffee bead, but for the most part it lays down where you place it and looks the same. Futz Factor : I found this glass to be the least fussy of all the colors I tested. The un-encased st